Thursday, May 29, 2014

Culpeppers’ Meatloaf


I love Wednesdays, would you like to know why?  I love them because it is the day that the Food Section is published in the newspaper (for me that is the St. Louis Post-Dispatch). Forget the hard news, sports, and editorials, on Wednesdays it is all about food. My favorite column in the weekly food section is called Special Requests where locals write in requesting favorite area restaurant recipes. Some of them are not at all to my liking, but last week it featured a recipe from a long standing favorite restaurant (that serves the best chicken wings), and one near and dear to my meatloaf-loving heart: Culpepper's Special Meatloaf.

Of course I had to try it. I collect meatloaf recipes like people collect teacups or DVDs. This one was different from all others that I have as it included an ample amount of cream cheese. I made it last week for friends who came to watch the Ballgame and it got thumbs up all around. Cream cheese!  Who knew?

Culpeppers’ Meatloaf
Yield: 9 servings

2 large eggs
½ cup chopped onion
3 tablespoons Knorr beef base
2 tablespoons black pepper
2-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire
1-1/2 teaspoons paprika
½ teaspoon cumin
1 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
6-1/2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 pounds 80/20 ground beef
Ketchup, to cover

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Cover a wire rack with foil, place inside a larger roasting pan.

In a large bowl, gently whisk eggs without adding air, then stir in onion, beef base, black pepper, garlic, Worcestershire, paprika, and cumin until well blended.  Stir in bread crumbs, cream cheese, and ground beef, really working and compacting the mixture until color is uniform and no pockets of seasoning or air remain.

Flip mixture onto the foil-covered rack and form a rectangle about 3 inches high.  Bake for 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Coat meatloaf with ketchup on all sides.  Bake for 15 more minutes.

Let cool slightly, then cut into 9 slices.

To serve Culpepper-style, serve with green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy.
  
If you are ever in the neighborhood, give Culpepper’s a try.  It’s located at:

3010 West Clay
Saint Charles, MO 63301
(636) 916-3102

  I’ll meet you there!

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5 comments:

Marigene said...

Hmmm, interesting sounding meatloaf...don't think I have ever seen one with cream cheese...it looks delicious. I just may have to satisfy my curiosity and try it!
Have a wonderful week, Pattie.

Unknown said...

Sounds so interesting and good. Is the cram cheese added along with the beef? Thanks

Pattie T. said...

Yes, the cream cheese is added with the beef, and I have corrected the recipe to indicate that. Thanks for calling this to my attention.

Miz Helen said...

Hi Patti,
We just love Meatloaf and this recipe looks fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back soon!
Miz Helen

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Hi Patty!
We love meatloaf at home and your versión sounds awesome! I just copied it! Enjoy your weekend ahead and thanks for sharing, as always!
FABBY